Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu has expressed worry over the decision by some parents to withdraw their wards from the Kumasi Academy following the ‘mysterious deaths’ of students.
Appearing before Parliament today [Wednesday], he said, if it is established that the cause of deaths is contagious, it will have serious health implications for others within the communities where these students reside.
According to him, initial findings of the tests conducted on blood samples and cerebral spinal fluid taken by health authorities are negative of viral hemorrhagic fever and also, the initial autopsy of the dead was inconclusive.
The Minister said some parents as at Tuesday evening, have taken their wards from the school and this, has become another health challenge because the medical advice is such that, we should contain them in the school and manage them…’’
He added, ‘’…the problem we are now having is that, if the disease is confirmed as a very contagious disease , then it will mean those who have come out of the school into their family homes are going to help spread the disease.’’
He further stated that, surveillance at the school has been intensified with record review of the Out Patient Department (OPD) register at the school. He said follow up visits on cases at the KNUST and Komfo Anokye Teaching hospitals are being carried out by the team handling the development with a list developed for suspected cases. He said close to about GHC100, 000 has been released for the initial public health interventions.